Over the course of the week, I have been drinking some inexpensive Spanish wines as a fact finding mission of sorts. I wanted to see the range, value and quality of the $20 or less Spanish wines. I know this sounds like such an arduous task…. who am I kidding? Any and all things wine related is something I’m passionate about and find fun so this was a great exercise to explore more wine of Spain. There were many surprises with the wines tasted and overall each was enjoyable.
Bodegas Beronia Rioja Reserva 2010
During the past couple of years, I’ve had several of the Beronia vintages and have always found them to be very good drinking wines with the 2010 being no expection. The wine is almost dark purple in the glass and the aroma of the wine have a lot of vanilla and fruit notes to a point of it being intoxicating. Upon tasting it was forward fruit, like blackberry, hints of vanilla and the presence of oak. I found it pretty well balanced and controlled between fruit and oak. This gave the wine a long finish and was evidence of being aged in french oak. Very solid purchase.
Bodega San Pedro Regalado – Ribera del Duero Embocadero 2010
Embocadero was a wonderfully dark purple in the glass. I tasted plum and blackberry when first noticing the aroma of the wine. There was plenty of dark red fruit and a touch of coffee on the palate. The wine was pretty well balanced being pleasantly dry and acidic. The finish was relatively long with a hint of black cherry on the backend. I think another year or 2 in the cellar would do this vintage some good but overall it was an enjoyable drinking wine.
Palacios Remondo La Montesa 2009
The wine was ruby red to dark purple in the glass. The aroma had a little left to be desired, it had ripe red berries and spice. First sip, however, was a good balance between ripe red fruit, tannin and acid. Its not a complex wine, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the glass none the less. I found the fruit to linger on the finish with just a bit of spice. Overall, this was a good and well priced bottle of wine, but I think the only let down was the aroma.
Rafael Reverte Cistum Red 2009
This wine was pretty impressive for its price point. I wasn’t expecting what I tasted from this wine as it was one of those “Ah why not” kind of purchases. Its pretty hard to find a really decent bottle of wine for under $12 let alone one made from extremely old vines (120 years old in fact). The color of this Garnacha wine was dark red and I found the aroma to be intensely jammy and very fruit forward on the first sip. There was black cherry, raspberry and spice on the palate. On the back end, mineral and tart that seemed to linger. Overall, I found this to be a good one and dare I say oddly complex for its low price.